Georgian parliament chair discusses prospects for closer ties, security matters in Spain

  • Georgian parliament speaker Shalva Papuashvili on Wednesday met with Meritxell Batet, the president of the congress of deputies of Spain. Photo: parliament press office 

Agenda.ge, 24 Nov 2022 - 11:53, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian parliament speaker Shalva Papuashvili and members of his delegation on Wednesday discussed prospects for closer cooperation with the Spanish legislative body, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and security challenges sparked by ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict with senior Spanish lawmakers in Madrid. 

In a meeting with Meritxell Batet, the president of the congress of deputies of Spain, Papuashvili thanked the official for her support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a related resolution adopted by the foreign affairs committee of the chamber of deputies of Spain. 

After discussing prospects of further strengthening ties, including between sectoral committees and friendship groups, the Georgian official noted the visit of Spanish lawmakers to Georgia in July. 

The sides welcomed the “growing dynamics” of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, and discussed challenges posed to the South Caucasus region and Europe in general by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

Following the discussion of Georgian authorities’ work to meet the European Union’s conditions for granting the country its membership candidate status, Batet pledged Spain would continue to “strongly support” the country’s European future. 

Before the meeting, Papuashvili also discussed bilateral cooperation with chairpersons and members of the foreign and European affairs committees of the House of Representatives of Spain.

Expressing gratitude for their support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Georgian delegation discussed prospects for the country’s European integration, security challenges and the implementation process of the EU conditions.

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